Thursday, August 25, 2011

Like a Holy Face

The Sower, by Vincent van Gogh

Only as a child am I awake
and able to trust
that in every fear and every night
I will behold you again.

However often I get lost,
however far my thinking strays,
I know you will be here, right here,
untouched by time.

To me it is as if I were at once
infant, boy, man and more.
I feel that only as it circles
is abundance found.

I thank you, deep power
that works me ever more lightly
in ways I can't make out.
The day's labor grows simple now,
and like a holy face
held in my dark hands.

Daily Thoughts 8/25/2011

Wagner & McGuigan's Steam Lithographic Print Establishment, No. 4 Athenian Buildings, Franklin Place, Philadelphia Print shows printing plant, printers at work, and symbols of the printing trade and the United States to advertise the firm. Date Created/Published: [between 1850 and 1857]

Daily Thoughts 8/25/2011

This morning, I read a little bit more of Make It Stick.  They are writing about how to catch peoples attention and surprise people.

I also checekd the Twitter account and the Facebook account and made sure the displays were in order.
Today was a busy day, I ended up writing two reports for the library for the web committee.  There are a lot of things which should be changing soon.

Some donations came in.  I added some manga, specifically Deathnote and Claymore as well as a whole bunch of science fiction paperbacks based on the Xbox game Halo.

We are having the second part of the Women's Enterprise Development Center session for First Steps which is an introduction to entrepreneurship.  It runs from 5:30-7:30 p.m. tonight.  I think it will go well.  There were so many people in the room that we had to pull out an extra table for people to sit at.

I am also going to ACBAW Association of Community Based Arts of Westchester tonight for the Mount Vernon Writers Network group.

The meeting went quite well.  We had a chance to discuss an event that was going to happen at Lola's Tea House in Pelham, New York on September 29, 2011 in the evening where everyone would read a few pieces of their work, give a brief biography, and discuss why they write. 

A Conference on A Digital Public Library of America

On the way home, I read some more of Ghost in the Wires by Kevin Mitnick.  The book is very interesting because of how obviously wrong the hacker, Kevin Mitnick acts.  He pulls exploits then can't stop and get away or plan for more long term actions.  He gets caught repeatedly and often does not come across as being very lucid or cool headed in his actions. It is often an object lession in how not to do these things.

Another fascinating thing about the book is how people are described as too trusting with personal information. Kevin Mitnick hacks into the social security office, the FBI, various phone companies, the Departement of Vehicles, and many other places.  The book reveals how little privacy we have with so much of our personal information.

I have to get a biography of Abraham Lincoln for a Biography Book Club which we are planning for September 20, 4-5 p.m.

Web Bits

20 Celebrities With Stunning Home Libraries

Kickstarter Project American Commons Photographing Libraries Across the Nation